The USMNT entered Sunday night’s World Cup qualifier against Panama looking to inch closer to guaranteeing a spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Not only did they win, they did so with a resounding 5-1 victory. In the win, U.S. striker Christian Pulisic notched his first-ever hat trick with the U.S. National Team. The third goal of which was something of beauty.
Pulisic’s hat-trick goal was filthy 🥵
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— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 28, 2022
In the 65th minute with the USMNT leading 4-nil already, Pulisic played a cross inside the box while spinning. He corralled the ball, split two defenders and beat the keeper for a gorgeous goal. He had already scored twice on penalty kicks earlier in the match. The second of which came in stoppage time of the first half, essentially a back-breaker for Panama.
With the win, the United States Men’s National Team is now 7-4-2 for 25 points. They are tied with Mexico for 2nd in the CONCACAF Table. The top three teams automatically qualify for the 2022 World Cup.
Costa Rica is in fourth place in the table, with 22 points. So, in theory with a win in the final qualifier and a loss by the USMNT, they would tie in the standings. However, the United States currently hold a +10 goal differential. Whereas, Costa Rica is only +3. In order for the USMNT not to qualify, they would need to lose that goal differential lead. That is obviously highly unlikely.
Earlier in the day, Canada won as well. They sit atop the table with 28 points and have qualified for the World Cup already. It’s the first time in 36 years that Canada will play in the tournament.